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Garden Features

Organics

The Chelsea Community Garden is an organic garden. No chemical fertilizers or pesticides may be used. However, using conventionally-grown seeds and seedlings and manure from non-organic farms is acceptable.

Plots

Each "plot" measures 20'x20'. Plots are separated by 2' wide grass paths. There are 40 plots in the garden. Gardeners may tend 1/2 plot, 1 whole plot, or multiple plots.

Fees

The fee for each plot is $20 one-time deposit (refundable if you leave your plot in good shape) + $20 annual rental fee, plus 8 hours of community service per plot over the course of the year.

Water

Water is pumped via solar power from Lets Creek into our water tower. From there, water is gravity-fed through pipes and hoses for use in watering crops. While the creek is quite clean as surface water goes, we recommend you do not drink the water from the hoses, and wash your produce in tap water before eating. There is a drinking fountain near the parking lot with clean water for drinking while you garden.

Compost

The garden maintains a suite of large compost bins. Gardeners are encouraged to compost dead (but not diseased) plants. Several times a year, groups of gardeners turn and sift the compost, which is then available for use in the garden plots. We also generally organize truck runs to local farms to bring composted manure to the garden, which may be used by any gardener for fertilizer.

Fences

The entire garden is fenced with 6' tall welded wire mesh, with two strands of wire above that for a total fence height of around 9'.

Tools

The garden has two tool sheds with a variety of hand and power tools available for the use of gardeners. Tools are in the shed during the active gardening season only; they are housed in more secure locations during the winter months. Please be sure to lock the sheds if you are the last person to leave. Tools include:

  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Hoes
  • Rototillers
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Hoses

Community Plants

Membership in the Chelsea Community Garden entitles gardeners to a share of community crops such as blueberries, rhubarb, and (by 2015) asparagus. The park surrounding the garden also has a number of apple trees!

Electricity

There is no electrical power at the garden. Please plan accordingly.

Parking

Please park in the parking lot whenever possible, and only drive your car across the playing fields when necessary due to health issues or the need to transport heavy items.